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    Welcome to Lizzie Harper’s Website!

    An experienced natural history and botanical illustrator, Lizzie’s work appears in books and magazines around the world, on postage stamps and mugs.

    She lives very happily in Hay on Wye, and works her garden studio surrounded by plants and birds.

    Lizzie Harper

    “ I am passionate about the natural world and love learning about the plants and animals I illustrate. ”

    Projects Showcase

    Bush tea or Quickstick Gliricidia sepium showing plant and a detail of one flower

    Finding out what I’m working on,

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    New step by step blog out, on illustrating a variegated geranium leaf


    Have a look if you fancy trying to capture those very different colours, all appearing on one leaf.

    #variegation #step-by-step #geranium #leaf #pelargonium #painting leaves #botanicalillustration #sciart #gardening #flowerart #botanicalart #painted by hand #watercolour

    Work in progress. An Alder Alnus glutinosa sprig showing fresh leaves and residual cones from last year.

    Part of a current commission of botanical illustrations of autumnal fruit, nut, cone and berry species.

    #wip #workinprogress
    #botanialillustration #botanicalart #alder #alnus #cones

    This is a recent illustration of the Common European frog, Rana temporaria

    The colour varies a lot between individuals, from yellows to browns to greener shades.

    The dark patch behind the eyes and striped leg markings are a good identifying feature, but (as the name suggests) the majority of UK frogs are this species.

    Frogspawn is laid between December and April (depending on the weather) and a female can lay up to 4000 eggs each season.

    Illustrations of amphibians are tricky as my usual technique of layering tiny brush strokes to build up depth and texture doesn`t work on smooth amphibian skin, so it`s always an excellent challenge.

    #frog #commonfrog #rana #ranatemporia #naturalhistoryillustration #sciart

    Apple blossom season. I`m meant to be drawing up 15 plants found in the Caribbean, but the apple blossom distracts me every year.

    And every year I don`t quite manage to catch its fresh colour and delicate structure.

    Anyone else have one plant that you HAVE to stop and draw every year, when it blooms?

    #spring #springtime #blossom #appleblossom #malusdomesticus #botanialillustration #botanicalart #apple


    “ “Botanical artist Lizzie Harper produces meticulous watercolours of flora and fauna in her celebrations of nature” ”

    Country Living Magazine

    Original Artwork Available to Buy

    “ Lizzie has consistently impressed me with her skill, professionalism and attention to detail ”

    Jenny Campbell, Editor, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

    Links to Lizzie's Workshops, Exhibitions, Cards, and Prints

    Lizzie's latest Posts and Blogs

    Flower shapes: Symbolism & Cultural significance

    Flower shapes: Symbolism & Cultural significance

    Flower Shapes: Symbolism and Cultural Significance guest blog by Nina James Summer Flower shapes matter, culturally as well as botanically.  According to the 2016 Generations of Flowers Study 60% of Americans believe a gift of flowers has a special meaning.  This is unlike any other gift.  Many associate different colours with different meanings.   Red roses […] Read more
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    Samon Salmo salar hen fish showing silvery irridescence
    Salmon hen natural history illustration by Lizzie Harper
    Common lizard Lacerta vivipara in field with grasses buttercup and orchids
    Common lizard in field natural history illustration by Lizzie Harper

    Lizzie Harper